Intel has announced some of the features of its next generation Thunderbolt interface code named 'Falcon Ridge'. The interface will boast two channels, each with a 20Gbps bandwidth in both directions, an improvement on the 10Gbps offered with the current revision. The 20Gbps bandwidth should allow more uses of the Thunderbolt specification, such as 4k video file transfer. The new standard will also maintain compatibility with older Thunderbolt cables.
Intel currently has 200 licensees for the technology, which is set to be released next year, but new, thinner cables will become available in the coming months. Intel also mentioned a new Thunderbolt host controller code named 'Redwood Ridge', which will be featured in some of the next generation Haswell series of chips.